Aston Villa will kick off their EFL Cup campaign on Tuesday, when they travel north to take on Barrow in second-round action.
Barrow have made a steady start to the new campaign, and are unbeaten in three home games, showing a solid attacking output under Mark Cooper.
Dean Smith’s Villans got their first win of the campaign at home to Newcastle, though there continues to be teething issues post-Jack Grealish.
Barrow vs Aston Villa predictions:
- Barrow sit 73 league positions below Aston Villa.
- Barrow have lost two of their five competitive games this season, failing to score twice.
- Aston Villa have won seven of their last ten Carabao Cup ties.
Barrow had a commendable campaign last season, eventually finishing in 21st spot in the fourth tier with a five-point gap between themselves and the relegation zone.
After a positive season last time around, eventually finishing in 11th spot in the Premier League Aston Villa headed into the new campaign with optimism, but they suffered a defeat on the opening day to knock their confidence.
Premier League side Aston Villa make a long trip to one of the most isolated clubs in the EFL on Tuesday as they visit a Barrow side that sit some 73 league positions below them.
Barrow fell to their second defeat of the season on Saturday at Harrogate Town and were knocked out of the EFL Cup at the first time of asking last season, while Aston Villa picked up their first win of the season against Newcastle.
Aston Villa’s squad players will be keen to impress on Tuesday to boost their chances of earning a starting spot going forward, and they should certainly come away from Barrow with a spot in the third round.
Our prediction: Aston Villa win @ 1.32